How to Crack the "If Your Strategy" Riddle in the Steam Summer Sale

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The Steam Summer Sale is in full swing, with new clues and hidden gems to uncover daily. But "If your strategy is to keep me close, I‘ll make you think. If your strategy is to let me go, I‘ll make a stink" has many stumped. As a long-time Steam sale detective and gaming expert, let me walk you through how to solve this tricky riddle and claim the rewards.

Breaking Down the Clues in "If Your Strategy"

The first step in solving any Steam riddle is analyzing the clue itself. Let‘s look at this one line by line:

"If your strategy is to keep me close, I‘ll make you think." So keeping the answer near will make us think deeply. As a gamer, this tells me the answer requires strategic thinking skills.

"If your strategy is to let me go, I‘ll make a stink." Letting the answer get away will cause a stink or problem. My instinct says this stink reference points to something humorous and silly.

So we need to find an answer that relates to strategy, thinking deeply, and making a stink or smell. The overall vibe seems funny and lighthearted.

Using Logic and Wordplay to Find the Solution

With the clues analyzed, I start brainstorming potential answers that fit the criteria. I first jot down any words related to strategy, thinking, and stink:

  • Strategy – tactics, planning, military
  • Thinking – pondering, cogitating, ruminating
  • Stink – odor, smell, gas

Seeing "gas" listed sparks an idea. What about gas-related terms that require strategy to avoid a stink? After some thought, the answer becomes clear:

"Hold In Your Farts"

Farting relates to the stink reference, holding it in requires strategy to avoid that stink, and holding in gas can cause deep thinking about when you‘ll finally be able to let it out! The silliness just seals the deal.

Scouring the Steam Store for the Hidden Gem

We‘ve cracked the riddle, but now we have to locate the actual "Hold In Your Farts" game. This is like finding a needle in a haystack, with Steam‘s massive catalog.

Based on the game title, I would expect it to be in less mainstream genres. I would start methodically searching categories like:

  • Strategy – Since farts require strategic holding
  • Simulation – Fart mechanics could be simulated
  • Indie – Indie games often have quirky themes
  • Casual – A casual time-waster about farts fits

I enter each category and slowly scroll through every game carousel, keeping an eye out for anything fart-related. If I still don‘t see it after multiple categories, I use the Steam search bar to directly search for "Hold In Your Farts."

This process requires patience and perseverance. The game location randomizes daily, so you have to cover all bases to uncover the gem. But eventually, your dedication will pay off.

Once you finally spot "Hold In Your Farts," click it to confirm you solved the riddle correctly. Onto the rewards!

Claiming Your Hard-Earned Riddle Rewards

Finding the hidden game rewards you with a special Steam Summer Sale avatar and 10,000 XP to raise your Summer Saliens Badge level.

The avatar features a panicked character struggling to hold in gas, perfectly matching the game title. Equipping it will show off your riddle-solving prowess.

And 10,000 XP will provide a huge boost to your Saliens Badge progression. Based on Valve‘s previous sales, reaching Level 10 likely requires ~30,000 XP points. So this will get you one-third closer to the next reward tier!

Here‘s a quick table showing Steam Summer Sale rewards I‘ve unlocked so far:

Badge Level Reward
Level 1 Steam Sticker
Level 5 Steam Chat Emoticon
Level 10 Alternate Steam Chat Sticker

Keep solving riddles to earn massive XP rewards and climb to higher event tiers. More levels will surely bring more fun cosmetics!

Tips for Future Sale Riddles

Through years of Steam sales, I‘ve picked up some tips for smoother riddling:

  • Read forums like r/Steam to see if others have already solved that day‘s clue. But don‘t outright copy!
  • Break down each line and brainstorm multiple interpretations.
  • Try both logic and wordplay to make connections.
  • Search methodically and thoroughly – the game is never in an obvious spot.
  • Don‘t give up! These are meant to be challenging.

Hopefully my guide gives you the tools and motivation to solve many more Steam riddles. Let me know if you need any other gaming insight! I‘m always happy to help a fellow Steam Sale detective.


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.